September 2014 Blog Posts (16)

Clinical Psychology and Disability Studies:

This new paper may be of interest. . . 

Purpose: Clinical psychology and disability studies have traditionally occupied very different academic, philosophical and political spaces. However, this paper aims to illustrate the positive consequences and implications of attempts to understand and bridge this disciplinary divide. 

Method: A narrative review format was used with evidence selected pragmatically as opposed to systematically. The construction of the argument determined…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 30, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Journal of Narrative Politics

Journal of Narrative Politics is an interdisciplinary journal rooted in the study of global politics that explores narrative voice in academic research, writing, and pedagogy, and in the diverse expressions of non-academic communities and social formations. Normatively committed to human dignity, fairness, and peace, Journal of Narrative Politics aims to imagine futures free from colonial, racial, gendered, and economic violences. As a result, Journal…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 29, 2014 at 15:54 — No Comments

Self harm: parents' experiences

New module from healthtalkonline. 

In this section you can find out about the experiences of parents and other family members of young people who self-harm by seeing and hearing them share their personal stories on film. Our researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 39 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as why young people self-harm, discovering that a young person is self-harming, how they helped their young person, living with…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 24, 2014 at 21:31 — No Comments

Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation & Connection

Just to alert you all to a book coming out in October by Routledge.

It is based on a series of projects in which mental health service users spoke at length about their production and engagement with visual art. One of the projects was the 'Thou Art' study and film that some of you may be familiar with. The book foregrounds their voice and journeys, and an overview can be seen by clicking the link below.…


Added by Olivia Sagan on September 23, 2014 at 13:50 — 1 Comment

UCLAN One in Four film festival

6-10 October 2014

The One in Four Film Festival 2014 is a week-long free event featuring films which explore the effects of mental ill health upon individuals, communities and families. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness of and stamp out the stigma associated with mental ill health. The Festival is sponsored by theSchool of Health.

Every evening a film that explores mental health is shown at 7pm, the film is introduced by the person who has nominated the film…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 16, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Psychology and Psychiatry: Bridging the Gap

Special issue of Clinical Psychology Forum. 

Read it in full here.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 20:58 — No Comments

A straight-talking introduction to psychiatric diagnosis: new book

Lucy Johnstone asks 'Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis?' This book will help you to decide. A revolution is underway in mental health. If the authors of the diagnostic manuals are admitting that psychiatric diagnoses are not supported by evidence, then no one should be forced to accept them. If many mental health workers are openly questioning diagnosis and saying we need a different and better system, then service users and carers should be allowed to do so too. This book is…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 18:44 — No Comments

Creating Alternatives to the Medical Model

Article written by Tamasin Knight, based on her Winston Churchill Foundation trip to the US last year. 

Read it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Mad Studies Stream web page

Set of web pages, bringing together materials from the historic mad studies stream at the Disability Studies Conference in Lancaster in September 2014.
Visit site:

Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2014 at 13:58 — No Comments

Update to MH Online Resource Map

Hi all,

Just letting you know that I have made some updates to the MH Online Resource Map so please use the latest version:




Added by Sharon Rankin on September 12, 2014 at 13:37 — No Comments

The Glasgow Madness Solidarity Network

The Glasgow Madness Solidarity Network: an introduction…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2014 at 8:34 — No Comments

Prevention of Suicide Training: request for information on what is taught to mental health nurses.

I am running Prevention of Suicide Training in the NHS Trusts.  I am interested in know how the this is taught both from an theoretical and skills perspective within the degree curriculum.  I am particularly interested in how staff in mental health units are prepared to support service users on discharge from hospital. Anything on the development and implementation of safety plans would be of interest.  Contact Fiona Cassells:

Added by Jill Anderson on September 9, 2014 at 8:26 — No Comments

Call for Papers on Mad Studies: Special issue of the Journal Intersectionalities

The special issue Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and ‘Mental Health’aims for an  interdisciplinary – or ‘in/disciplinary’ - collection of articles that will demonstrate the relationship and contribution of Mad Studies to other related fields of study.

Questions that we would in particularly like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  •  How has the project of Mad Studies been taken up both in and outside of Canada in…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 9, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Social Approaches to Voice Hearing: A Lived Experience Perspective

The traditional approach to working with voice hearers focusses upon inabilities and deficits, rather than individuals’ inherent ability to understand and cope with their voices and other experiences. This course is grounded on acceptance of lived experiences of voice hearing. Participants will be taught to employ the Maastricht Interview, an assessment tool developed by Dr Sandra Escher and Professor Marius Romme, which provides a…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Online Mental Health Resources

Dear Members,

I have put together a list of online resources which you may find useful - I have included MHHE too


Added by Sharon Rankin on September 2, 2014 at 15:04 — 1 Comment

Working for disability equality in higher education - the global perspective: call for proposals

Working for disability equality in Higher Education -the global perspective: July, 20-24, 2015 - Manchester, UK.

Proposals due 10/31/2014.

NADP-UK International Conference 2015

The National Association of Disability Practitioners International Conference –‘Working for disability equality in Higher Education – the global perspective’ will be taking place in Manchester from 20th –…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 8:19 — No Comments

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Croatia: out of institutions, into the world

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

More than 8,200 people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in Croatia remain in segregated institutions and psychiatric hospitals with little control over decisions that affect their lives, Human Rights Watch said. While the Croatian government has made some progress in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living arrangements has been limited and slow. In a video released by Human Rights Watch,…


1000 conversations: speaking out on mental health

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:34 0 Comments

Stories of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties - shared on the Centre for Mental Health website. 

View the stories

Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake. McLean, Abbas and Ashwin, however, reveal a…


International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:55 0 Comments

'The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

Mental health has failed to provide support to people who want to reduce or withdraw from their psychiatric drugs. Often, people are simply told it is a bad idea, and thus are left to try to reduce or withdraw without the support they need.

Indeed, psychiatric drugs have been…


Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:43 0 Comments

The essays in this book cover topics such as disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. Written for a popular audience, for those with disabilities and for those who want to learn more about living a disabled life, Life of the Mind Interrupted aims to make higher education, and the rest of our society, more humane.…


All is not well - comics about care

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

I See You is about a girl being cared for by her father after being discharged from psychiatric hospital. The father cares emotionally and practically. He stays present in response to the girl’s anger and despair and tries metaphorically to give the girl her childhood back.

Read the comic

Medicated Stable: animated film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 15:16 0 Comments

Medicated Stable is an animated film that explores some of the experiences of mental health treatment, support and recovery in Southampton. Funded by NHS England, this animated film produced by Healthwatch Southampton is based on ‘Barriers and Facilitators for promoting recovery in mental health’ a research paper co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and the University of Southampton.…


Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 14:08 0 Comments

Britain’s first university centre dedicated to improving mental health in schools has opened.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has been established at Leeds Beckett University.

Similar centres already exist in the US and Canada. Its aim is to create a network of educators, mental health practitioners and …


Trauma informed education in mental health nursing

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 15, 2017 at 10:32 0 Comments

Stirling University film  looking at MH through a Trauma Lens featuring staff, graduates & clinicians.

View it here.

Mental Health Occupational Therapy Interventions and Outcomes Network

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 0 Comments

MOTION is a collaboration between researchers, service users, clinicians and educators committed to improving outcomes in mental health occupational therapy by advancing research.

Visit the website.

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